On the evening of Tuesday, May 6 hundreds of families of Junior High students filled the Jenison Center for the Arts to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the over 500 students receiving honors and special recognition. Students were obviously excited and parents, obviously proud.
According to Mrs. Breen, Jenison Junior High Vice Principal, this is the most students they have ever had at honors night and being a building of just under 700 students total that is an extra reason to celebrate. One of the special awards given out was the Principal’s Outstanding Educational Improvement Award which “allows us to recognize kids that might not be in the spotlight all the time but lets us spotlight some of their efforts that they’ve made this year behavior wise, academically, etc.” Students are nominated by teachers as someone who has really made great strides in a few different areas. “That’s one of the great things about Jenison Junior High. We have a feel for everyone that walks through the building, who they are, what their names are, what their background is, a little about their family. That’s the great thing about the Jenison culture in general.”
Honors were given to students for achievement in the following areas:
- MEAP Award
- Principal’s Outstanding Educational Improvement Award
- Perfect Attendance
- Honor Roll
- Presidential Academic Awards
- Science Olympiad Team
- Student Council
- Reading Award
- Spelling Bee Room Finalists
- Above and Beyond [awards for Art, Life Skills, Tech, Music + Student Athletics]
The honorees also included 23 eight graders who received the Exemplary Achievement Award which has a two year requirement period. In order to be chosen for this prestigious award students must do community service, be on the honor roll every marking period and have involvement in a club or team. The student athletes award winners had to participate in four seasons of a sport, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, have zero level two disciplinary issues and have all ones and twos work and class conduct marks on their report cards.
“I want to thank all the teachers who’ve impacted the students day in and day out with their care, support and encouragement. I think that goes for teachers Kindergarten through 7th and 8th grade who have worked with this student. We have them for two short years but there is a lot that’s been invested.” — Mrs. Heather Breen, Jenison Junior High Vice Principal
“Our teachers are amazing and they are some of the best anywhere because they plan such innovative lessons incorporating technology and challenging students to think more deeply and tons of lessons that are engaging for students and most of all, they make learning fun. They way they build relationships with students and tell them that they care about them is what makes it all happen.” — Mr. Brett Cataldo, Jenison Junior High Principal
Way to go Junior High students! Whether you still have one more year or are moving on to the High School we are proud of you and can’t wait to see where you’ll go and who you’ll be!